This programme is currently under development and may be subject to change
This course combines a thorough knowledge of business practices and the management of projects with a detailed understanding of specific management practices within the media industries. Your knowledge of media management will span traditional and digital media and cover how to manage all levels of project, along with digital and marketing skills essential to navigating the wider media landscape encompassing a variety of business models and audiences.
There will be a number of high-calibre tutors leading this course, many of whom are actively producing for TV and big-screen, as well as publishing extensively in the area of media and communications. You will also benefit from visits by many industry speakers and guest lecturers throughout the year.
- This course teaches the project management, business and vocational skills essential for working within the media industry and overseeing the life cycle of complex projects from conception to completion
- This programme believes that learning both creative and business skills is the most effective way to prepare next generation media graduates for the industry
- The multi- faceted nature of the media demands a multi-skilled professional and that is what we hope the students will grow into through your experience on this programme
Core ModulesYear 1
Students take modules adding up to 180 credits.
- New Media Institutions
In this module you will develop an understanding of the key challenges of producing a long-running, high-volume, British television drama series. You will look at the role such series play in the television landscape, and examine the organisation, management, funding, budgeting and scheduling of drama productions. You will explore audience profiles and see how these fit within the economic and cultural priorities of television. You will also have the opportunity to meet writers and directors from an ongoing drama series, and learn to use production software packages such as Final Draft Scripting, Movie Magic Budgeting and Movie Magic Scheduling.
In this module you will develop an understanding of the critical issues and application of project management. You will look at the tools, techniques and body of knowledge involved in each stage of the project management life cycle, including project initiation, planning, execution, control and closure. You will consider how project management is applicable to all types of organisation and essential to the corporate strategy.
In this module you will develop an understanding of the role of accounting information in external and internal decision making. You will look at the properties of profit and how it's measured, and consider the nature and role of the major financial statements. You will examine the accounting conventions underlying the preparation of financial reports in an international context, and the progression that has been made towards harmonised international financial reporting standards. You will also learn how to undertake ratio analysis of balance sheets, income statements, and cash flow statements, and become familiar with the key principles of management accounting.
In this module you will develop an understanding of the interrelation between the organisational forms of broadcasting and the programmes that they produce. You will look at the structuration of broadcasting texts and what makes them distinctive, and examine the major genres of TV production through international examples. You will also consider the nature of innovation in programme making.
- International Television Business
In this module you will develop an understanding of the way in which marketing has evolved and continues to evolve as a result of the rise and dominance of digital and social media. You will consider the influence digital media, the web, mobile and social technologies have had on marketing, and the impact they will likely continue to have on the way marketing practice develops in the future. You will examine the theoretical and historical context of digital and social media marketing, particularly how they relate to the film and television industries, and critically assess a range of campaigns and multiplatform marketing strategies.
There are a number of optional course modules available during your degree studies. The following is a selection of optional course modules that are likely to be available. Please note that although the College will keep changes to a minimum, new modules may be offered or existing modules may be withdrawn, for example, in response to a change in staff. Applicants will be informed if any significant changes need to be made.Year 1
Students must select from:
In this module you will develop an understanding of how to identify and manage the risks resulting from project blockers. You will consider the limits of theoretical models such as PRINCE II when applied to real-life situations and the need to tailor tools and techniques to suit each project. You will examine the key obstacles to implementation and why project managers must anticipate resistance to change from individuals, teams and the organisation itself.
In this module you will develop an understanding of how complex projects in the creative industries are managed and financed. You will look at real feature films and television shows, following a drama project from the birth of the story idea through to the cinema or television release. You will consider the ways to manage such projects successfully and explore how tortuous and full of pitfalls the creative path can be.
In this module you will develop an understanding of the contemporary issues facing media managers and the creative industries more generally. You will look at a variety of methodological approaches to the study of the creative industries, considering their relative strengths and weaknesses. You will analyse industry report data, presenting your findings in written and relevant visual forms. You will be assigned a supervisor who will provide support and guidance on how to carry out primary research and prepare your report to common industry standards.
You will produce a short video or radio piece to UK industry-standards. You will create work which communicates with its intended audience and manage all aspects of the production process, including self-direction and the direction of others. On completion, you will reflect on your production, using knowledge gained in other areas of the course to analyse its success.
Teaching & assessment
This innovative new course combines two previous successful Masters courses (International Television Industries and Media Management) into a single degree with increased optionality taught by established media professionals as well as experienced project management professionals from the MSc Project Management team.
This course utilises a mixture of teaching methods from lectures, seminars, industry visits to individual tutorials. You will be allocated two Personal Tutors (one from Media Arts and the other from MSc Project Management). Assessment of knowledge and understanding is undertaken through seminar presentations, group projects, writing exercises, and coursework essays. The culmination of your degree will be a dissertation project, Media Industries Report or Production Practice Dissertation.
UK Honours degree or equivalent
Normally we require a UK 2:1 (Honours) or equivalent in relevant subjects but we will consider a high 2:2 or relevant work experience. Candidates with professional qualifications in an associated area may be considered. Where a ‘high 2:2’ is considered, we would normally define this as reflecting a profile of 57% or above.
Applicants with relevant professional qualifications or creative experience in the Media will also be considered.
As part of the application Applicants will be required to submit an essay in English of up to 2000 words entitled "An analysis of the changes over the last five years in Media Management in one company or sector in your country.
International & EU requirements
English language requirements
All teaching at Royal Holloway is in English. You will therefore need to have good enough written and spoken English to cope with your studies right from the start.
The scores we require
- IELTS: 6.5 overall. Writing 6.5. No other subscore lower than 5.5.
- Pearson Test of English: 61 overall. Writing 61. No other subscore lower than 51.
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE): ISE III.
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) grade C.
For more information about country-specific entry requirements for your country please see here.
Your future career
Previous graduates have gone on to work in independent television and film production, for broadcasters like Channel Four in the UK as well as international media agencies such as Comcast Universal International, Fox International Channels, CGTN, Hunan and for distributors, exhibitors and talent agencies.
Fees & funding
Home and EU students tuition fee per year*: £9,400
International students tuition fee per year**: £17,900
Other essential costs***: -
* and ** These tuition fees apply to students enrolled on a full-time basis. Students studying on the standard part-time course structure over two years are charged 50% of the full-time applicable fee for each study year. All postgraduate fees are subject to inflationary increases. This means that the overall cost of studying the programme via part-time mode is slightly higher than studying it full-time in one year. Royal Holloway's policy is that any increases in fees will not exceed 5% for continuing students. For further information see tuition fees see our terms and conditions.
Please note that for research programmes, we adopt the minimum fee level recommended by the UK Research Councils for the Home/EU tuition fee. Each year, the fee level is adjusted in line with inflation (currently, the measure used is the Treasury GDP deflator). Fees displayed here are therefore subject to change and are usually confirmed in the spring of the year of entry. For more information on the Research Council Indicative Fee please see the RCUK website.
*** These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree programme at Royal Holloway. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing, have not been included.